I am going to Seoul May 25th-28th for Buddha's birthday party. JK, Buddha isn't really having a birthday party though, if he did I wouldn’t go, it would just be tofu and bald assholes. I've yet to see a slutty monk (I just googled slutty monk), though I have seen plenty of Buddhist monks sucking down cigarettes and using cell phones.
A few weeks ago Brett and I were buying tickets to Taiwan in August when we realized that we should probably figure out what we're doing in May first. The cool kids from our intake already did a trip to Seoul, and this time they’re spending Friday night there before going to Muui-do, a beautiful island off the coast of Incheon. Muui-do's mud flats look like a great time, but neither of us were interested in traveling with such a big group. Logistics are a headache with that many foreigners, and we’re more excited about Seoul than Muui-do.
Kari, Tom, Brett, and I are taking the KTX express train to Seoul. It's a bit cheaper, 71,000 KRW/person RT if you travel in four, and as luck would have it, none of us have been to Seoul yet. I've traveled twice in a group of four. Once to Miami for Ultra Music Festival 2011 and once to Las Vegas for Electric Daisy Carnival 2011. Those were the two most monumental experiences of my life, and the group dynamic we had was what made it amazing (Camilo, Cindy, Joe, Jane, guy I met on reddit that got us a half O, Guamenian transsexual I met at the airport that got us an 8 b and VIP service, you guys set my mind on fire). I barely knew the three I traveled with for the first time in Miami, in fact they were more friends of friends than anything, but I couldn’t have picked a better group to get completely fucked out of our minds and dance for half a week.
With that said, I will always be a lone traveler at heart. I think other loners out there know what I’m talking about, but maybe we just haven't found the right people yet.
For this particular trip I decided to book my own lodging because 1) It's easier to book for fewer people, and 2) to avoid conflict between different traveling styles. I may couch surf for the 4th time ever, but I haven't found any hosts in Seoul that I thought were very interesting or coherent. There's one CRAZY ass bitch that I might see just because she sounds mental. I messaged a guy that stayed with her and he said she's a nice girl, but out of her mind and worth traveling an hour and a half out of Hongdae to meet her. Check out her references, I find it fucking hysterical that they don't even tell half the story. She's too far (and crazy) for me to bother with, but I told her she could chill with me for a bit and she said she will. If she offers to eat anything out of my ass, you can bet Tommy Pickles's shit-stained diapers I'll be taking pictures and they're goin' up on this blog.
I like a level of spontaneity, but here's what I have planned:
Seoul, Bangkok, Manila, KL, Jakarta, any big city in Asia, these places are so rich with all sorts of hostels from Eurotrash magnets to faux-hippie havens to rats nests. They're easy to find info and reviews about online, and the competition between them is fierce. East Asia is hostel heaven compared to Europe, and you can't get the full travel experience without sleeping in a few hostel dorms. Hotels? For middle-aged couples with kids. I take that back- if my wife suggested staying at a hotel in Seoul I'd suggest a divorce.
Because I like staying at hostels so much, I'm staying at a new one each night. Look at reviews of any top rated hostel, there's always like five assholes claiming it's the greatest hostel in the world. It's like how every high school girl thinks their college boyfriend is the greatest lover that ever lived and they've only had like three dicks inside them. I plan to travel to Seoul a lot, so I want to check out as many hostels as I can. The three I'm staying at were all rated 95% or higher at the time I booked. Here is my schedule:
BiBim HOUSE 12mins Hongik Univ exit 3 95% rating
Don't know shit about this place, except that it's been open for a year and run by experienced travelers Konda and Panda. They serve an amazing breakfast, eggs to order, and its free. This place sounds hard to top, but then again, I don't stay at hostels rated below 94%. Being that picky isn't hard to do in Seoul.
Ed House (Tripnbed Guesthouse) Hongik Univ exit 9 100% rating
This brand new hostel is adjacent to club M2, the most popular Trance/Techno club according to Wikitravel. I hear it's going to be at capacity, with people even staying in 9 person and 1 person tents. Based on the above information and the fact that I'm sleeping here Saturday night, the chances of this place devolving into a drunken fuck nest seem pretty high. I don't know how a hostel next door to a trance club has managed to maintain a 100% overall rating with 12 reviews. There can only be one explanation: Ed must know where to score some fire molly. Yes, Fristy, I will ask for you.
Big Tree House Hongik Univ exit 1 97% rating
This place looks kind of girly, but I went with it because they gave me a cheaper price than was listed.
Places to Visit
-This is where the most beautiful people in South Korea are, everything here is overpriced, and it's worth a quick visit but skippable.
Insadong (Jonggak Station / Jongno-sam station),
-Traditional markets and scenery
Sinchon (Not Sincheon)
-Next to Hongdae, cheap and full of nice bars.
-Canadian bar, “Beer O' Clock” for pizzas and wild drunkeness.
Hongik University / Hongdae
-Campus nightlife, street food. Where I'm staying, and will be spending most of my time.
“Go on saturday over there
if you do
all the shops will be open
you can get a hookah there
drink russian beer
and score some prosty's” Thanks, Steve.